Carlos Sanchez
White Sox's Carlos Sanchez: On his way back from Charlotte
Carlos Sanchez, 2B, CHW
6:38 AM
News: The White Sox are expected to recall Sanchez from Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday, the Daily Herald reports.

Sanchez continues to accumulate frequent flyer miles, as this is his third promotion this month. This promotion coincides with Brett Lawrie's placement on the disabled list, so there should be an opportunity for Sanchez to play behind Tyler Saladino at second. The official transaction announcement should precede Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

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Brett Lawrie
White Sox's Brett Lawrie: To land on disabled list Wednesday
Brett Lawrie, 2B, CHW
6:34 AM
News: The White Sox are expected to place Lawrie (hamstring) on the disabled list before Wednesday's game, the Daily Herald reports.

The White Sox have been without Lawrie for five days, and manager Robin Ventura said the club did not want a short bench as they head into a National League series against the Cubs. Lawrie would be eligible to return the first weekend of August, and the injury will likely preclude him from being involved in any non-waiver trades. Carlos Sanchez will replace him on the roster, and Sanchez and Saladino should replace him at second.

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Devon Travis
Blue Jays' Devon Travis: Takes home on walk-off wild pitch
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR
2:02 AM
News: Travis went 1-for-4 Tuesday, but it was a 12th inning walk that allowed him to score the game-winning run on a walk-off wild pitch from Padres reliever Paul Clemens.

Travis' 12th inning walk was the result of a marathon 14-pitch at-bat against Carlos Villanueva. After Clemens entered the game, he walked Jose Bautista, and allowed an RBI fielder's choice to Josh Donaldson that moved Travis over to third, setting up the walk-off wild pitch, which didn't technically count as a steal for Travis. Travis has come on strong of late, batting .286 on the season and .347 in the last 30 days. Average is his primary contribution though, as he has just three steals and six home runs in 2016.

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Whit Merrifield
Royals' Whit Merrifield: Gets optioned Tuesday
Whit Merrifield, 2B, KC
7/26/2016
News: Merrifield was optioned Tuesday, Jeffrey Flanagon of MLB.com reports.

Merrifield will likely head back to Triple-A Omaha as Raul Mondesi, one of Kansas City's top prospects, gets called up. Although Merrifield has been a productive batter in the Royals' lineup, as evidenced by his .271 season average spanning 210 at-bats, he's been slumping since mid-July, going 1-for-17 (.059) over his last seven games.

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Logan Forsythe
Rays' Logan Forsythe: Smacks two-run homer in Sunday loss
Logan Forsythe, 2B, TB
7/26/2016
News: Forsythe went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the A's.

The veteran second baseman was the hero of the moment in the top of the eighth, plating Kevin Kiermaier with a 434-foot shot to left that erased a 2-0 deficit. Although the significance of his feat was neutralized in the home half of the inning when Erasmo Ramirez yielded a solo shot to Billy Butler, the homer did extend Forsythe's hitting streak to six games. He's had a rough go of it overall in July, however, slashing just .212/.256/.353 and seeing his season average drop 28 points since the month began.

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Jonathan Schoop
Orioles' Jonathan Schoop: Pops 17th homer in Sunday's win
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL
7/26/2016
News: Schoop went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and another run scored in Sunday's win over the Indians.

The homer was his 17th of the season, a new career high, and Schoop is enjoying his third straight solid month with a .282/.309/.513 slash line, four homers and 12 RBI in 78 July at-bats. He hasn't drawn a walk all month, though, posting a 0:16 BB:K, so a batting average correction could be coming.

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Jose Altuve
Astros' Jose Altuve: Crushes two bombs Sunday
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
7/24/2016
News: Altuve went 3-for-5 with two homers, two runs and six RBI Sunday against the Angels.

Altuve launched a three-run homer to put the Astros on the board in the first inning before crushing his 17th bomb of the year in the following inning, leading to a blowout victory. He's now posted multiple hits in six of his last seven games, and he's slashing .360/.428/.575 on the season.

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Arismendy Alcantara
Athletics' Arismendy Alcantara: Optioned to Triple-A
Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, OAK
7/24/2016
News: Alcantara was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Sunday.

Alcantara logged only two appearances during his latest stint with the Athletics, going 1-for-5 with three strikeouts. The 24-year-old brings value with his ability to steal bases and play multiple positions, but until he shows more improvement with his hit tool, he may have a difficult time sticking in the majors for extended stretches of time.

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Johnny Giavotella
Angels' Johnny Giavotella: Out of Sunday's lineup
Johnny Giavotella, 2B, LAA
7/24/2016
News: Giavotella is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

With Giavotella stuck in a 2-for-23 slump dating back to July 9, his playing time has become a little more sporadic of late. Giavotella will now sit for the fourth time in seven games, giving way to Gregorio Petit at the keystone.

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Robinson Cano
Mariners' Robinson Cano: Puts forth three-hit effort in blowout victory
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA
7/24/2016
News: Cano went 3-for-4 with a double and run in Saturday's 14-5 victory over the Blue Jays.

The 33-year-old put together his sixth multi-hit effort of July, and hit safely for the fifth time in the last seven games. Cano's resurgent season continues, as even a modestly successful month still has his season line at .305/.359/.537. With 22 homers and 61 RBI, he also retains a strong chance of posting the best totals in those categories since 2013, his final Yankees campaign.

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